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Committee approves Hancock exemption

March 28, 2000
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau
Links: HJR 61

A Senate committee approved a plan to exempt tobacco settlement money from Hancock refunds. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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The vote went along straight party lines... 4 Democrats in favor and 3 Republicans against.

Republican Steve Ehlmann says if the people vote against the measure, things will be right back where they are today... waiting for a court decision on how Missouri can use tobacco money.

Instead, Ehlmann supports a plan to give voters two choices.

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Contents: Ehlmann says that choice would eliminate any constitutional questions.

But, Democrats support the plan as is.

And, that's the plan on its way to the Senate floor.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.